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Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy 

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Welcome to the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Site!

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is focused on a child's ability to function in everyday activities or "occupations" that provide meaning to life.

Occupational Therapy is important when a child's activities are affected by delays in development, disability or disease.


For children, everyday activities include:

  • self-help skills such as dressing, feeding and toileting
  • play skills such as using a variety of toys, and playing with peers
  • school related performance

Occupational Therapy also addresses the underlying skills that support self-help and play

  • fine motor skills
  • gross motor skills
  • attention span
  • sensory processing skills
  • visual perceptual skills
  • cognitive/mental functioning

Treatment may involve:

  • designing appropriate activities
  • stretching and strengthening
  • neuro-development therapy
  • using compensatory activities
  • adapting the environment to fit the child
  • prescribing assistive equipment

What is Physiotherapy?

 Physiotherapists work with children to help them move to the best of their ability.  A physiotherapist will treat any condition which affects a child's physical development and movement paying particular attention to muscle tone, joint alignment, balance and coordination. Physiotherapists aim to help your child achieve gross motor skills in accordance with normal development milestones.

Treatment may include:

  • massage
  • stretching muscles
  • postural advice
  • strengthening exercises
  • post surgical management
  • neuro-development therapy
  • balance treatment
  • motor planning activities

Therapists can also advise on splinting and any specialized equipment which may help your child

The Occupational and Physiotherapy services available include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Occupational and Physiotherapy Evaluation
  • Occupational and Physiotherapy Consultation
  • Treatment Intervention Programme
  • Parent support, family education

Referrals for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services are accepted from:

  • Physicians
  • Family Members
  • Health Visitors
  • Other Professionals and Government agencies

A physician's approvial is required for any non-phyician referral sources for assessment requests

Referrals can be sent to: Community Rehabilitation, Department of Health, 67 Victoria St., Hamilton HM12 Tel: (441)278-6428 Fax: (441)295-7636